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Health & wellness

June 18, 2007

Q&A: Countdown to coverage

On July 1, 2007, state law required every adult to have health insurance if affordable plans are available. There are many options. The following is a guide to those choices.

More than 135,000 Massachusetts residents who were previously uninsured have gotten free or subsidized coverage under the state's landmark health insurance law. The initiative established Massachusetts as the first state to require every resident to have coverage. An estimated 250,000 to 350,000 people remain uninsured. The law mandated the expansion of Medicaid and the establishment of new state-subsidized insurance and lower-cost private plans. It also pressed businesses to provide insurance for their workers. Here are answers to some key questions about the insurance requirement.

Q  Is the July 1 deadline real?

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